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HP+ and its staff and partners operate in a variety of settings around the world. The project's work in and on behalf of partner countries is often enhanced through participation in prominent international conferences and symposia, or while seated at the table with leaders, policymakers, and advocates around the world. Read the latest news and stories about HP+ and its impact on global, national, and subnational health outcomes.

PMAC 2017: Paths to Universal Health Coverage for Marginalized Groups Explored at USAID Session
PMAC 2017: Paths to Universal Health Coverage for Marginalized Groups Explored at USAID Session
February 13, 2017

Progress towards universal health coverage will not guarantee that historically marginalized populations will benefit from new health insurance schemes. This was the topic of a dynamic side-session - Extending Coverage to Marginalized Groups – hosted by USAID on January 29, 2017, at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Tanzania AIDS Trust Fund Advances
Tanzania AIDS Trust Fund Advances
January 24, 2017

Tanzania's AIDS Trust Fund (ATF) was established in March 2015 through a parliamentary amendment to the Tanzania Commission for AIDS Act. The ATF’s recent progress is due in part to support from the Health Policy Plus project, and its predecessor the Health Policy Project, which has been providing technical assistance to the Tanzania Commission for AIDS since May 2015.

Boosting Family Planning Access in Pakistan
Boosting Family Planning Access in Pakistan
January 16, 2017

HP+ is supporting women leaders and government officials in Sindh to advocate for increased investments in family planning. It is expected that these activities, along with upcoming initiatives working with the media and male champions, will help Sindh expand family planning access, increase contraceptive prevalence, and make progress toward achieving the SDGs, FP2020 commitments, and Pakistan’s national development goals.

HP+ Engages Mali Government, Obtains Signature to Dakar Declaration
HP+ Engages Mali Government, Obtains Signature to Dakar Declaration
December 20, 2016

On December 9, 2016, Mali became one of the final ECOWAS (Economic Community of West Africa) countries to sign the Dakar Declaration on Factoring Key Populations in the Response to HIV and AIDS. HP+ had been working with the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene and the National High Council to Fight against AIDS for several months to obtain a signature on the Declaration.

HP+ Celebrates Universal Health Coverage Day 2016
HP+ Celebrates Universal Health Coverage Day 2016
December 12, 2016

This December, HP+ staff, will join others from across the globe in standing for #HealthForAll on this year’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day.

First Annual Anita Datar Prize Awarded in Mali
First Annual Anita Datar Prize Awarded in Mali
December 8, 2016

It has been one year since our colleague and friend, Anita Datar, was tragically and senselessly killed while she was working in Bamako, Mali. Anita, along with a team of colleagues from Mali and the United States, were in Bamako to meet with local government and civil society members to launch Health Policy Plus – a program which aims to improve health services, and equitable access to them, for all Malians.

HP+ Brings It All Together on World AIDS Day
HP+ Brings It All Together on World AIDS Day
November 30, 2016

Each step in the continuum is part of a complex and continuous process that needs our full commitment and investment to better serve those living with and affected by HIV.

Kenya Counties Adopt New Budgeting Approach, Commit US$2 Million to HIV
Kenya Counties Adopt New Budgeting Approach, Commit US$2 Million to HIV
November 22, 2016

welve counties in Kenya have adopted a new budgeting approach and increased their health sector allocations, following training and support in program-based budgeting (PBB). By implementing PBB, an approach that ties funds to priority health areas, the 12 counties increased their collective health sector allocations by Kshs 1.2 billion (approximately US$12 million) from the previous fiscal year (FY) 2015/16 budget.

HP+ Joins Thousands at the 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research
HP+ Joins Thousands at the 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research
November 18, 2016

HP+ joined more than 2,000 delegates from 101 countries gathered to explore building resilient and responsive health systems at the 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2016). Held in Vancouver, the meeting concluded on November 18, 2016, when members released a statement reflecting key themes emerging from the week’s discourse and a path forward in our field.

HP+ costing work helping to expand Kenya's free maternal health program
HP+ costing work helping to expand Kenya's free maternal health program
October 29, 2016

HP+ provided assistance to Kenya’s Ministry of Health (MoH) and the NHIF to re-design the program and to cost the benefits package, ensuring that the government allocated adequate resources. HP+ supported the MoH to collect and synthesize data on what resources were required to implement the program under NHIF.

HP+ at RHSC: Sharing Best Practices in Costed Implementation Plan Execution
HP+ at RHSC: Sharing Best Practices in Costed Implementation Plan Execution
October 20, 2016

Attending the 17th General Membership Meeting of the Reproductive Health Supply Coalition (RHSC)—held October 10–14 in Seattle, Washington—technical leadership from the USAID-funded Health Policy Plus (HP+) project shared their work on Costed Implementation Plans (CIPs) with hundreds of family planning and reproductive health stakeholders from around the world.

Mauritania Adopts a Law on Reproductive Health after Sustained Advocacy Efforts
Mauritania Adopts a Law on Reproductive Health after Sustained Advocacy Efforts
October 10, 2016

After nearly 20 years of sustained advocacy efforts Mauritania, the Council of Ministers of the government of Mauritania approved the text of a new Reproductive Health (RH) Law submitted by the Minister of Health.

HP+ Initiates Pakistan Women's Leadership Program
HP+ Initiates Pakistan Women's Leadership Program
October 7, 2016

From October 3-7, in Islamabad, HP+ initiated the Pakistan's Women's Leadership: Achieving Sindh's FP 2020 Commitments program, which builds on HPP's successful model for strengthening women's individual leadership and collective FP/RH policy advocacy, as well as an innovative HP+ core-funded and women-centered approach to accountability for FP 2020 commitments.

Health Spending in Kenya Up, but Need for Increased Capacity and Funds Remain
Health Spending in Kenya Up, but Need for Increased Capacity and Funds Remain
October 3, 2016

A new HP+ study shows that the Kenyan government has gradually increased its investment in the nation’s health sector over the past several years. These increases have occurred not only at the national level, but also among Kenya’s counties which collectively boosted their health contributions by nearly one-third from the previous year.

HP+ is Proud to be Part of the Movement to Ensure Family Planning Access in Madagascar
HP+ is Proud to be Part of the Movement to Ensure Family Planning Access in Madagascar
September 21, 2016

HP+ recently shared our work at the four-day National Family Planning Conference in Antananarivo, Madagascar, a space for donors and family planning (FP) stakeholders to share their work and progress in facilitating Madagascar's increased investment in FP access.

HP+ Convened Project Team for Third Partners Meeting
HP+ Convened Project Team for Third Partners Meeting
September 14, 2016

Last week HP+ convened a meeting drawing together representatives from this project team for their third partners meeting. This particular meeting provided a space to discuss the integration of gender and capacity-building in project activities.

New Article in GHSP Provides Recommendations on Best Practices for Postabortion Care Globally
New Article in GHSP Provides Recommendations on Best Practices for Postabortion Care Globally
August 26, 2016

The most recent issue of Global Health: Science and Practice, includes an article co-authored by HP+’s Sara Pappa. The piece offers key study findings and program recommendations for improved Postabortion Care (PAC) services worldwide.

New PLOS Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Modeling Collection Focuses on Programmatic Next Steps
New PLOS Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Modeling Collection Focuses on Programmatic Next Steps
July 26, 2016

This new PLOS Collection developed in collaboration with USAID, the World Bank, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, focuses on the next steps of the program and features new modelling articles published in PLOS ONE and PLOS Medicine aiming to help countries examine the potential effects of focusing on specific sub-populations for male circumcision services.

Amendment to National Hospital Insurance Fund Act Will Expand Health Insurance Coverage in Kenya
Amendment to National Hospital Insurance Fund Act Will Expand Health Insurance Coverage in Kenya
July 22, 2016

Supported by USAID's Health Policy Plus project, Kenya's parliamentary health committee adopted an amendment bill to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) act.

Herminia Reyes, Director of Guatemala's HEP+, is awarded the National Order Francisco Marroquín
Herminia Reyes, Director of Guatemala's HEP+, is awarded the National Order Francisco Marroquín
July 19, 2016

During the June 25th celebrations of Guatemala’s Day of the Teacher, Herminia Reyes was one of four educators awarded the National Order Francisco Marroquín by President Jimmy Morales. This medal, awarded since 1963, is the highest honor for educators in the country. It recognizes educators who have distinguished themselves and improved education for the benefit of Guatemala. Ms. Reyes was among 92 nominees for this prestigious recognition.

HP+ at the 2016 International AIDS Conference
HP+ at the 2016 International AIDS Conference
July 17, 2016

To better respond to the ongoing global AIDS epidemic, thousands of advocates, researchers, civil society members, policymakers, people living with HIV, and journalists gathered in Durban, South Africa this July to share knowledge, discuss critical issues, and reveal new scientific findings. HP+ staff were there as well participating in these exchanges and contributing evidence and ideas on how the field can improve access, equity, and rights in the global HIV response.

World Population Day 2016 Statement
World Population Day 2016 Statement
July 11, 2016

World Population Day 2016 gives us the opportunity to take stock of our progress in addressing a variety of population issues vital to helping people achieve their own potential, and helping countries achieve their economic growth goals.

New Article on Costed Implementation Plans for Family Planning in Global Health Science and Practice
New Article on Costed Implementation Plans for Family Planning in Global Health Science and Practice
June 27, 2016

An article published this week in Global Health Science and Practice presents a case study from Uganda's costed implementation plan for family planning. The piece was co-authored by HP+ Project Director, Suneeta Sharma, HP+'s Deputy Director, FP/RH, James N. Gribble, and HP+/RTI's Alyson Lipsky, alongside USAID's Linda Cahaelen.

Palladium Honors Anita Datar as Dedicated Global Health Leader
Palladium Honors Anita Datar as Dedicated Global Health Leader
June 7, 2016

The memorial event was sponsored by Palladium, for whom Anita worked, and attended by approximately 200 of Anita’s friends, family members, and colleagues. Farley Cleghorn, head of Palladium’s global health practice, moderated. Other guests who had been personally and professionally close to Anita used spoken word, art, and song to celebrate her life and her many lasting contributions to the field of global health and development.

HP+ Shares Work on Transforming Gender Norms at 2016 Women Deliver Conference
HP+ Shares Work on Transforming Gender Norms at 2016 Women Deliver Conference
May 1, 2016

This event shared findings from the systematic review of Transforming Gender Norms, Roles, and Power Dynamics for Better Health. Participants were able to discuss and apply evidence-based strategies that transform gender norms, roles, and relationships for successful improvements in FP/MNCH outcomes.

Something to Build On: HEPP's
Something to Build On: HEPP's "Innovation Exchange"
February 24, 2016

Over the past five years, HEPP contributed technical assistance around health, nutrition, and educational policies, and strengthened Guatemala’s investments in social development. With this support, the country’s government and civil society oversaw improvements in transparency, accountability, gender equity, and multiculturalism.

New Study Analyzes HIV Treatment Funding Needs and Gaps in 97 Countries
New Study Analyzes HIV Treatment Funding Needs and Gaps in 97 Countries
December 1, 2015

A modeling study published last week in the journal PLOS Medicine shows that site-level HIV treatment will cost $53 billion in 97 countries worldwide in order to achieve the "90-90-90" treatment targets set by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

Busy Fall Sharing HP+'s Work Across the Globe
Busy Fall Sharing HP+'s Work Across the Globe
November 15, 2015

This fall the project was presenting its work at international conferences and fora across the globe. This story covers three of those presentations.